Bing, TED, and “spatial search”: more cool new stuff from Bing Maps

We should have known something was up since Stefan Weitz and Betsy Aoki have been hanging out and tweeting from TED, and sure enough today Bing Maps Architect Blaise Aguera y Arcas got up and showed off the latest in cool Bing Maps technology.

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Bing showed off four new features today, only one of which is available immediately as a tech preview, the Streetside Photos app:

  • Streetside Photos application (in technology preview): Available today, this tech preview mines geo-tagged photos from Flickr, and relates them to the Streetside imagery in Bing Maps. As more people contribute and share imagery, we can reunite those photos with the location where they were taken. This application will also enable the layering of historical imagery, so people can go back in time and see a location as it existed decades prior.
  • World Wide Telescope Integration: We’re not just stopping at the street, and are excited to announce our vision for the initial integration with the World Wide Telescope, a project out of Microsoft Research. Once launched, you will literally be able to “walk” outside in Streetside mode, look up, and see what’s above – way above, with constellations coming to life. 
  • Indoor Panoramas: At the same time as we’re getting more “universal” with World Wide Telescope, we’re also getting more intimate. Today, we’re showing the first results of our indoor panoramas work. This will provide an experience identical to Streetside, but won’t be limited to places you can take a vehicle. Whether you’re exploring Seattle’s Pike Place Market, or your favorite theme park, Bing Maps will give you the most immersive experience of the place. 
  • Video Overlay Technology: Today, Blaise also demonstrated a preview of our new video overlay technology, which enables real-time video to be overlaid seamlessly on street-level imagery, adding another dimension to the mapping experience. In the coming year, we think you will be pleasantly surprised with how far Bing takes this new technology. Stay tuned.

Ted.com will have the full presentation up soon, maybe as early as this week, and we’ll have it for you when it appears.  Until then, Microsoft released a video that shows off a bit of the World Wide Telescope Integration and StreetSide Photos, which is available now as a Bing Maps app, and took a set of geo-tagged Flickr photos from Seattle, San Francisco, and Vancouver, BC, and laid them into Streetside:

Here’s a quick video we just spotted on Wired that shows the Video Overlay Technology, embedding live video directly into Indoor Panoramas, all within Bing Maps: